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Age of Fear (Routledge Revivals)

Power Versus Principle in the War on Terror, 1st Edition

By Amitav Acharya


220 pages

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First published in 2004 in the immediate wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, this is an accessible commentary intended to provoke thought and debate on the topic of terrorism. In a collection of challenging essays, questions consider the causes of terrorism and why post-modern terrorism is different. The essays are divided into three key sections, first investigating the civilizational roots and dimensions of contemporary terrorism, next examining the Bush administration’s approach, and finally, considering the complex and changing relationship between fear and freedom. Written by a leading scholar in Middle East and Asian Studies, this comprehensive reissue will be of particular value to students of international relations and terrorism studies, as well as the more general reader with an interest in the global issues faced in the age of contemporary terrorism.

Table of Contents

Preface: Like All Ordinary Mortals;Acknowledgements; 1. Age of Fear 2. Who Is a Terrorist? Part I: Culture, Fear and the Roots of Terror 3. Clash of Civilizations? No, of National Interests and Principals 4. Hatred, Harmony and the Causes of Terror 5. The Fear of Islam 6. Terror in Southeast Asia: Local or Global? 7. Pakistan: Riding the Terrorist Tiger 8. South Asia: The Many Faces of Terror 9. Palestinians at "Terrorists"; Part II: America’s Fears and the Fear of America 10. Unipolar World, Unilateral Hegemon 11. 1991 and 2001 12. Dubya’s Dangerous, Divisive Doctrine 13. Why a Second Gulf War Is not in Asia’s Interest 14. The War in Iraq: Morality or the National Interest? 15. Fear, Power and Empire 16. Coalition of the Willing or Coalition of the Coaxed and Coerced? 17. Debating the Gulf War 18. How Will Mr Bush Run the World? 19. Coping with American Power; Part III: Politics and Principles in the Age of Fear 20. Terrorism and Democracy 21. The Retreat of History? 22. Fear and Freedom in the Arab World 23. Fighting Terror in Southeast Asia 24. Asia Between America and Europe 25. Asia’s Response to the Bush Doctrine 26. Terror and the Asian Balance of Power 27. India from Nehru to Curzon 28. Howard’s Corollary 29. An Opportunity for Global Order Reform 30. Waging the "War on Terror": Singapore’s Responses and Dilemmas; Epilogue 31. When the War Was (Not) Over 32. The Age of Fear: A Year After Iraq; Further Reading; How This Book Evolved

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International